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January 17, 2021

Report: Pop commit to Team USA for 2021

Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported that Gregg Popovich and Jerry Colangelo committed to the Men’s Basketball team in 2021. The IOC already announced earlier that the Tokyo Olympic will be postponed until next year. Gregg Popovich’s duty on the side should be until the Summer Olympics games and future is still uncertain with the program.

The commitments everyone made for 2020 are still there; we’re all-in and we’re committed,” Colangelo said. “It’s important to deal with the unknowns and this virus. This too shall pass and we’ll be back for everyone’s well-being.”

Last month they selected a 44 man roster to compete for the 12 players to bring in Tokyo. Prior to the postponement, Team USA training was scheduled to begin July 4 with the Olympics starting July 24.

“We will follow the leader. We have to wait to see how everything is laid out and we’ll make the adjustment,” Colangelo said. “Our players are NBA players first, let’s face that.”

Changing the window for the NBA is easier said than done. There’s a lot of logistics and contracts to deal with,” Colangelo said. “Same for the Olympics. You have to assume it will be around the same dates.”

All tentative schedules on exhibition in Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Shanghai also postponed.

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